More than seventy percent of the earth’s surface is covered by the ocean, making it the biggest living place on the planet. In order to comprehend this expansive aquatic environment, scientists need special technology that can explore far and wide. Research ships present a fundamental platform for probing the sea. However, sailing on a research ship is time-consuming and expensive. Establishments must either procure and staff their own vessels, or take advantage of shared vessels, where demand is high but supply is limited.